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When you’ve spent upwards of $30 on a bunch of flowers, the last thing you want is for them to wilt after a day or two. We’ve got some simple tricks to help you keep those gorgeous stems for longer (and a few other tips, just because!)

1. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle, about an inch from the bottom – this gives the stem more surface area, allowing more water in. Genius!

2. Pull flowers together with a clear hair elastic so they sit nicely in your vase.

3. To open up closed buds ASAP, plunge their stems into warm water for one minute, and then transfer to cold water. They’ll open up after about 20 minutes.

4. Help your flowers last the distance by adding a teaspoon each of vodka and sugar to the vase water.

5. Got a shallow vase? Keep your flowers upright by making a grid of clear tape over the open face.

6. Follow the “more is more is more” rule – the more flowers in your arrangement, the more water it will need, the more often.

7. For long-lasting flowers, trim stems daily, when you freshen the water.

8. Make sure your vase is clean before you start. This sounds obvious, but it’s worth checking. Give your vase a clean and rinse before adding flowers, to ensure there’s no bacteria that could potentially kill off your flowers.

9. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, or other sources of heat like a heater or fire.

10. If you need a bunch of flowers for a specific day, keep them in the fridge until that time – they’ll go the distance!

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